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    Law enforcement officers, including, at right, Young County Sheriff Travis Babcock and Texas Ranger Michael Schraub, discuss the situation in front of the home of YCSO deputy Joseph “Joey” Parker of Graham. Leader photo by Thomas Wallner.
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    This Leader file photo shows Joseph ‘Joey’ Parker being sworn in again as deputy on Jan. 1 at a ceremony at the Young County Sheriff’s Office. Leader file photo
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    Kensy Parker, who was found dead Thursday morning along with his father, is shown in this Graham Leader file photo used in the paper’s 2008 graduation special section.

More questions than answers in deaths of deputy, son

A Graham man and his adult son were found dead at a Cherry St. house Thursday morning.
Police were called at 10:36 a.m. to a report of “unattended death” at the home in the 1300 block of Cherry Street.
The deceased are Joseph E. “Joey” Parker, 61, a retired Graham Police Department officer employed by the Young County Sheriff’s Department at the time of his death. Also slain was Parker’s son, Kensy L. Parker, 27, also of Graham.
The men were found in Joseph Parker’s home.
Investigators discovered the mens’ bodies in a bedroom and each had an apparent single gunshot wound. A weapon was recovered at the scene.
The Texas Rangers and Young County Sheriff’s department also arrived at the home to assist GPD with the investigation.
According to a GPD press release, the circumstances surrounding the deaths are currently under investigation. Leading the investigation is GPD Sgt. Chris Denney, with the assistance of the Texas Rangers.
Joseph Parker had lived in Young County since the age of 6 and also had two daughters, according to stories in the Graham Leader archives. He spent his entire professional career serving the community in law enforcement.

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